We’ve heard rumours of Motorola and Verizon partnering up for an Android tablet before, but this one’s rather interesting. According to the Financial Times, the two companies are putting together some sort of TV tablet:
Motorola is developing a digital tablet device that will allow users to watch television on it, as the US mobile phone group attempts to chip away at a market established by Apple’s popular iPad.
The device, which will have a 10-inch screen and operate on Google’s Android software, could launch as early as this autumn in the US.
It was expected to tie closely to Verizon’s FiOS digital pay-television service, people briefed on the plans said. Motorola also manufactures the TV set-top boxes for the FiOS television service.
It will support Adobe Flash, the software that underpins some 90 per cent of web videos. Apple has backed an alternative standard, HTML 5, on its iPhone and iPad devices.
Motorola’s device is expected to be thinner and lighter than the iPad and to let users share its wireless data connection with nearby devices.
It will be built with two cameras, one for taking photos and the other facing the user for video conferencing.